Holding Negligent Bars Accountable For Drunk Driving Accidents
Driving under the influence of alcohol can lead to devastating accidents, injuries and fatalities. Alcohol makes it difficult for drivers to safely operate motor vehicles, impacting their decision making, muscle coordination and ability to think and reason. When someone’s blood alcohol level reaches .08% or higher, the chance of an accident greatly increases. If you or a loved one suffered an injury or fatality due to a drunk driver, you can file a lawsuit against them to recover compensation for your injuries. However, under the Texas Dram Shop Act, you can also file a lawsuit against bars and establishments for over-serving the driver.
At Clement + Speer Law Firm in Dallas, our attorneys can help injured victims or their immediate family members file lawsuits against negligent bars, restaurants and other establishments. Dram shop lawsuits can be much more complicated than a regular personal injury lawsuit. You need a lawyer who has the experience necessary to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Understanding Dram Shop Laws In Texas
The Texas Dram Shop Act allows injured individuals to sue a bar, restaurant or other establishment for overserving an already drunk individual who then causes a drunk driving accident. To have a valid claim, you must show that the person served was obviously intoxicated and that intoxication was the direct cause of the accident.
Not everyone can file a dram shop lawsuit on behalf of a loved one. In Texas, the following people may file a claim:
- The drunk driver
- Innocent bystanders
- The motorist hit by the drunk driver
- Family members
Under state law, spouses, children and parents can file a claim on behalf of deceased individuals in wrongful death cases. To prove a dram shop claim, you must show that the establishment negligently overserved an obviously intoxicated individual. We will work quickly to obtain the valuable evidence you need to prove your claim. We will look at receipts, security camera footage and speak to any witnesses in preparing your case.
We Will Fight For You
Dram shop lawsuits are unique and require an attorney with the right experience to help you achieve a favorable outcome. Our lawyers will use our deep understanding of Texas dram shop laws to help you succeed. Call 888-844-2056 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation at our Dallas office location.